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Watermelon and Cucumber Salad With Ginger, Lime and Mint

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad With Ginger, Lime and Mint 4.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Gina Nistico for The Washington Post

Nourish Aug 26, 2021

This salad is a quadruple-threat of refreshment with each of its four main elements — watermelon, cucumber, ginger and mint — offering a burst of lively, quenching flavor. It pairs especially well with a grilled protein slathered in barbecue sauce, because its flavors echo the sauce’s sweet-fruity-savory elements while offering a welcomed, contrasting cool.

Total time: 15 mins


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Tested size: 4 servings; makes about 7 cups

  • 1 1/4 pounds diced watermelon (about 4 cups)
  • 1 medium English cucumber, trimmed, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch thick pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn


In a large bowl, toss the watermelon and cucumber until combined.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, ginger and salt until combined. Drizzle the dressing over the watermelon and cucumber and gently toss to coat, then add the mint. Gently toss to combine and serve.

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From cookbook author and registered nutritionist Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Olga Massov.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (1 3/4 cups): 87

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 4g 6%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 151mg 6%

Total Carbohydrates: 14g 5%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 10g

Protein: 1g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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